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This portal has been set up to facilitate the pre-registration process for 250 French universities and grandes écoles and to help you prepare your visa application.

List of countries: Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Vietnam.

Candidates to study in France – advice for first-time users

1. Before your first log-in:

To create an account, you must have:

  • A scanned copy of your identity document,
  • A recent photo (portrait format – no larger than 50 kB),
  • A valid e-mail address which you check regularly.

To complete your application, depending on your situation, you must provide:

  • Your most recent report card/statement of results and/or qualifications,
  • A French-language proficiency certificate, if you have one. You can start filling in your application even if you have not yet taken your test or received your qualification,
  • These documents must be in electronic format (no larger than 300 kB per document, in .pdf or .jpeg format).

What is the procedure?

Scenario 1 – You want to apply to a French institution which is listed on the portal (https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/etudesenfrance/)

  • You can find information on the courses on offer in France in the Campus France catalogue (http://www.campusfrance.org/fr/) or on the ONISEP website (http://www.onisep.fr/). Courses taught in English can be found in Campus France’s Taught in English catalogue (www.campusfrance.org/fria/taughtie) For further information, you can take part in the information seminars organized by your Campus France portal.
  • Start preparing your cover letters. The institutions will want to know why you want to enrol on their course. Be able to explain your choices and career plans.
  • Please provide translations of your documents if they are not in French.

Scenario 2 – You are a student on a university exchange programme and you have received an e-mail asking you to create an account on Études in France.

The information you provide will enable you to prepare your student visa application. The link which you received is only valid for 72 hours. After that time period, you must create your account directly – there will be no pre-filled fields.

Scenario 3 – You have been accepted at a French institution not listed on the portal

The information you provide will enable you to prepare your student visa application. Prepare your supporting documents (qualifications, report card/statements of results, French-language proficiency certificate if you have one), and the proof of registration sent to you by the French institution.

2. Creating your application:

Step 1 – Create an account (“personal information” section): state your identity document number and contact details. Attach a photo and a scanned copy of your identity document.

Once your account has been created, you can log in at any time to add further details to your application.

N.B.: if you would like updates regarding your application (replies received from institutions, etc.) to be sent to your personal e-mail address, please tick “I agree to receive application updates at my personal e-mail address”.

Step 2 – Fill in your application: describe your educational qualifications and/or professional experience. Explain your career plan and motivations. Attach the supporting documents.

Step 3 – Choose what you want to study

From the “I’m a candidate” menu (students in scenario 1)

Carefully read the requirements stated on the course descriptions. Ensure that your chosen course corresponds with the field you want to study.

From the “I’ve been accepted” menu (students in scenarios 2 and 3)

State in the spaces provided the name of the French institution where you will be studying, the exchange programme, or the title of the course. If you cannot see it on the list, select “Others”.

3. Sending your application

By clicking on “Send application”, your application will become visible on your Campus France portal. You will no longer be able to modify it yourself. Your Campus France portal will examine your application, will help you to register for a French test (if necessary) and will call you for a personal interview.
4. Application fees

You may be asked to pay application management fees prior to the interview. Some candidates are exempt from fees. You can find further information on your Campus France portal.

5. Checking replies from institutions once you have applied

The French institutions to which you have applied will examine your application through the Études en France portal. Check your portal regularly to view their replies. Some institutions have additional requirements (e.g. taking a competitive exam, booking an interview at the institution itself, or via a separate website). Carefully follow the instructions on the course descriptions and in messages from the institutions.
6. Downloading an Études en France certificate

All candidates who have been accepted for an exchange programme will be able to download an Études en France certificate of admission once they have completed the procedure. This certificate is one of the documents required for the visa.
Candidates who have received several offers must choose the course they want before they can download their certificate.

7. Student visa application: Visa applications must be made at the appropriate application centre (consulates or service providers).

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